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Emerging Advances In Ankle Cartilage Repair

Rotem Ben-Ad, DPM, and Bob Baravarian, DPM | 50,180 reads | 0 comments | 08/22/2013

Damage to the cartilage in any joint of the body can have detrimental effects on the function and performance of that joint. This is particularly true for the cartilage of the ankle joint, specifically at the talar dome. Due to the body’s inability to repair cartilage to its original form, treating patients with osteochondral lesions has proven to be a challenge to even the most competent foot and ankle practitioner.

Understanding How The Lateral Ankle Triad Comes Into Play With Chronic Ankle Instability

Babak Baravarian, DPM, and Lindsay Mae Chandler, DPM | 11,806 reads | 0 comments | 06/26/2013

One of the most commonly encountered musculoskeletal injuries and possibly the most common injury in sports is the lateral ankle sprain. Current estimates suggest that one out of 10,000 people per day sustains an inversion ankle sprain with lateral ankle sprains accounting for 85 percent of all ankle sprains.1-3

Pertinent Insights On Arthroscopic Ankle Synovectomy And OCD Drilling

Bradly Bussewitz DPM | 9,703 reads | 0 comments | 09/13/2013

Ankle arthroscopy is a valuable minimally invasive modality to perform diagnosis and therapeutic treatment to the ankle joint. Acute and chronic ankle injuries can lead to synovitis and cartilage defects requiring surgical treatment. There are some general approaches that can be useful to the surgeon who has not become completely comfortable maximizing his or her arthroscopy skills.

Is DVT Prophylaxis Required Before Foot And Ankle Surgery?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS | 19,635 reads | 0 comments | 09/27/2013

Can an aspirin a day keep the blood clots away?

The subject of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis is usually associated with postoperative immobilization or prolonged immobilization in the management of injuries such as fractures or tendon ruptures.

Amazon Review Says Podiatrists Are Not Experts On Ankle Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS | 19,107 reads | 32 comments | 05/21/2013

Every once in awhile you come across something that makes your blood boil. My trigger was simply reading reviews of the most current edition of McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery on Amazon.com. What infuriated me was the following review:

Current Insights On Treating Ankle Fractures In Patients With Diabetes

Visoth Chan, DPM, David Pougatsch, DPM, and Ronald Belczyk, DPM | 21,500 reads | 0 comments | 05/29/2013

Recognizing that ankle fractures in patients with diabetes can lead to potentially dire complications, these authors discuss keys to treatment that can reduce risks and improve outcomes.

A Closer Look At Foot Orthoses For Chronic Ankle Instability

Douglas Richie, Jr., DPM, FACFAS, FAAPSM | 29,157 reads | 0 comments | 04/22/2013

In light of an increasing body of research on the effect of orthoses on chronic ankle instability and postural sway, this author discusses essential biomechanical considerations and recommends orthotic prescriptions and modifications to treat unstable ankles.

Is The First MPJ Arthrodesis Underutilized For Severe Bunion Deformities?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS | 6,591 reads | 1 comments | 12/20/2012

I admit that I am a perfectionist—almost to a fault. This is a good thing if you are a surgeon but if you are trying to organize your bookshelf or your digital pictures, it is tedious. I expect perfect results when I do surgery while also striving for perfection in my everyday life.

Pertinent Insights On Ankle Arthroscopy

Patrick DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS, and Corey Groh, DPM | 14,079 reads | 0 comments | 12/20/2012

Over the last few decades, arthroscopy has become an advanced treatment method offering enhanced visualization of the joint, accuracy and low complication rates. These authors offer insights on arthroscopy portal location, helpful surgical pearls from their experience and tips on post-op care.

Essential Insights On Treating End-Stage Ankle Arthritis

John F. Grady, DPM, FASPS, Sarah Mahowald, DPM, and Donald Graves, DPM | 24,899 reads | 0 comments | 03/26/2013

Sharing insights from the literature and surgical experience, these authors suggest a re-evaluation and possible elevation of ankle arthroplasty over ankle arthrodesis as a preferred option for appropriate patients with end-stage ankle arthritis.